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Boston

Known for Museum, Historical Building and University

Boston shines as Massachusetts’ revolutionary capital, from Harvard to the Freedom Trail. 

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One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston dates back to 1630 and was the site of many key battles during the American Revolution. Today, the city is home to more than 6 million people and is known for its quintessential Irish pubs, fanatical Boston Red sox fans and a relaxed, small-town vibe.

Boston has 21 neighborhoods. These include South Boston, popular with young professionals and families; trendy Jamaica Plain, which was gentrified in the early 2000s; wealthy Beacon Hill; and upscale Back Bay, where the city’s iconic brownstone buildings reign supreme. Nearby Fenway is home to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox baseball team. The more modern Financial District, dense with skyscrapers, is where you’ll find the New England Aquarium. Make time to stroll through the Boston Common in the downtown area. It is the United States' oldest city park, dating from 1634. Take a ride on an iconic swan boat, paddle in the Frog Pond, or see the final resting places of revolutionary soldiers.

With its European-style street pattern, Boston can be a challenge for the uninitiated to navigate. The grid system typical of many American cities doesn’t exist here, but first-time visitors often enjoy getting lost on its narrow, winding streets. From the Boston Common meander through history along the famous Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) course takes you past more than a dozen sites significant to the American Revolution, including Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution Museum. The trail brings you to Faneuil Hall, a marketplace studded with shops, eateries and galleries. Street performers are ever-present here and add to the rowdy atmosphere.

Boston’s cuisine is eclectic, revealing the influence of the many ethnic groups that moved to the city in the early 1900s. East Boston in particular was a magnet for immigrants from Italy, Guatemala, El Salvador and Brazil. You’ll find plates of rich Italian spaghetti and the popular pupusas, tortillas stuffed with meat and beans.

Despite the city’s twisting streets, Boston is relatively compact and easy to explore on foot. For longer journeys, take a bus or the subway, affectionately nicknamed “The T.” Boston’s public transport system is one of the best in the country.

Things to do in Boston

Catch a game or take a tour at one of America’s most historic and beloved ballparks.

The oldest public park in the United States has been the stage for centuries of drama. These days it’s the perfect place to unwind.

Explore treasures from ancient times to the masterpieces of tomorrow at this eclectic museum.

In this horticultural wonder, ride an iconic swan boat, pay respects to North America’s very first tulip bed or simply lie back and watch as the world floats past. 

Walk in the footsteps of presidents and Nobel laureates at one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States.

Let your inner-geek run wild amid the hundreds of innovative, hands-on exhibits at this Boston museum.

Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of academia at the architecturally rich, museum-filled campus of one of America’s most celebrated universities.

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Explore Boston's colonial past and thriving modern side with a hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Take advantage of discounted admission at area attractions, see the city at your own pace with unlimited rides, and enjoy a flexible route that features 18 stops throughout town.

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Climb aboard for a unique mixture of dining, dancing, entertainment, and scenic views. The Spirit of Boston cruises year-round from Boston's historic Seaport District and offers up-close views of “Old Ironsides,” Castle Island, and the Harbor Islands.

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Immerse yourself in the marine world at the New England Aquarium. Explore more than 70 exhibits, including the Science of Sharks, Penguin Colony, and Giant Ocean Tank. Spot color-changing cuttlefish, leisurely sea turtles, and mustachioed fur seals.

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A friendly, charismatic wine ambassador leads you to hot spots in Boston’s South End, where you’ll be welcomed to a reserved table, with wait staff standing by, ready to serve pre-selected wines. Learn how to taste, pair and buy with an intimate group.

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Grab a frothy pint and raise a toast as you bounce between 3 different microbreweries to explore the best creations from Boston's malt masters. Along the way, grab a delicious lunch at a locally loved restaurant and find out how to expertly pair your favorite brews with your favorite bites.

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Climb aboard a comfortable train, enjoy a scenic ride from the Big Apple to Beantown, and spend the day exploring this charming northeastern city. Check out the sights, uncover landmarks in a trolley car, stroll the grounds of Boston Common, and tuck into a delicious lunch along the way.

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